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Author: Robert Kagan Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2003 ISBN: 9780736698238
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From Robert Kagan, a leading scholar of American foreign policy, comes an insightful analysis of the state of European and American foreign relations. At a time when relations between the United States and Europe are at their lowest ebb since World War II, this brief but cogent book is essential reading. Kagan forces both sides to see themselves through the eyes of the other. Europe, he argues, has moved beyond power into a self-contained world of laws, rules, and negotiation, while America operates in a “Hobbesian” world where rules and laws are unreliable and military force is often necessary. Tracing how this state of affairs came into being over the past fifty years and fearlessly exploring its ramifications for the future, Kagan reveals the shape of the new transatlantic relationship. The result is a book that promises to be as enduringly influential as Samuel Huntington’s The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracie | 2/11/2014

    " Audiobook. Excellent three hours spent learning how the US-European power relationship has evolved to present. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 My | 2/1/2014

    " A book basically comparing the size of America's dong to Europe's by a neocon crusader steeped in the blood of the Iraqi people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 david | 1/27/2014

    " Very concise and persuasive -- our return to 19th century great power politics "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 1/23/2014

    " interesting view...hobbesian vs. kantian thing...but seems to miss the point (in my opinion) that maybe we don't have to be hegemonic... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brook | 1/18/2014

    " Excellent extended essay on what the US does not understand about comtemporary Europe and vice versa. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/16/2014

    " I've been reading Robert Kagan for years, so was not surprised by the quality of this book - he never disappoints! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 1/16/2014

    " A concise, lucid and compelling discussion of the positions of America and Europe in the international order, and the past and future of the relationship between them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Will | 1/8/2014

    " An excellent account of the diverging political courses of Kantian Europe and the Hobbesian United States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 12/24/2013

    " This book put the post WWII period of peace in Europe in historical perspective and made me understand that this was only possible because of the military power of the US. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aileen | 12/18/2013

    " I think this is a must read. Shows the cultural rift between America and Europe and the tools each uses for conflict resolution as a result of their histories... awesome & succint. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 12/5/2013

    " He makes some valid points, unfortunately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 10/26/2013

    " Perhaps a bit simplistic and overstated - but his general points/arguments are mostly convincing to me. The book is a quick read and serves as a great discussion starter and a good entry point into the subject. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ron | 2/8/2013

    " Interesting thesis, but only if you subscribe to the philosophical idea that human activity doesn't change over time, the tools improve and the names just get changed. But still worth reading to know what neoconservatives believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 1/8/2013

    " I reread this one recently since it points out how little changes in our worldview regardless of which party holds political power at any given time. A very worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cody | 10/2/2012

    " Interesting hawkish read. Classic neo-con text. The preeminence of American power has sure worked out well for us when we tried exercising it didn't it Kagan? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yonnibardavi | 8/8/2012

    " Donald Kagan explains why America and Europe views the world so differently. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 3/19/2012

    " I learned why Americans and Europeans live in different universes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 1/22/2012

    " Thorough analysis of why Europe and the US have had some philosophical differences with respect to international relations and the power balance during the 2000s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 9/22/2011

    " Made me understand more about the US & European perspectives and their rule within and across the globe. Politics --- Not my cup of tea though.... But worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosewitha | 9/11/2011

    " In other word it's like when you read Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, how US and Eroupe speak in different languages, never understand each other yet both are need for each other. Very interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ike | 5/13/2011

    " Yes, he's pretty much a neocon. And yes, this is a pugnaciously aggressive book. But the basic argument - that it's rational for both Europe and American to behave as if they live in posthistory and history, respective - is an important insight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 4/15/2011

    " I must be a neocon, if such a thing exists. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jose | 2/2/2011

    " interesting view...hobbesian vs. kantian thing...but seems to miss the point (in my opinion) that maybe we don't have to be hegemonic... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 7/10/2010

    " This book put the post WWII period of peace in Europe in historical perspective and made me understand that this was only possible because of the military power of the US. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 My | 5/22/2010

    " A book basically comparing the size of America's dong to Europe's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/7/2010

    " Perhaps a bit simplistic and overstated - but his general points/arguments are mostly convincing to me. The book is a quick read and serves as a great discussion starter and a good entry point into the subject. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracie | 2/5/2010

    " Audiobook. Excellent three hours spent learning how the US-European power relationship has evolved to present. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yonnibardavi | 12/16/2009

    " Donald Kagan explains why America and Europe views the world so differently. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 8/3/2009

    " I reread this one recently since it points out how little changes in our worldview regardless of which party holds political power at any given time. A very worthwhile read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joshua | 12/29/2008

    " I must be a neocon, if such a thing exists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cody | 10/24/2008

    " Interesting hawkish read. Classic neo-con text. The preeminence of American power has sure worked out well for us when we tried exercising it didn't it Kagan? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/2/2008

    " Very concise and persuasive -- our return to 19th century great power politics "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben | 8/4/2008

    " Thorough analysis of why Europe and the US have had some philosophical differences with respect to international relations and the power balance during the 2000s. "

About the Author

Robert Kagan is senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a columnist for the Washington Post. He is also the author of The Return of History and the End of Dreams, Dangerous Nation, Of Paradise and Power, and A Twilight Struggle. He served in the US State Department from 1984 to 1988. He lives in Virginia with his wife and children.

About the Narrator

Robertson Dean has played leading roles on and off Broadway and at dozens of regional theaters throughout the country. He has a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Yale. His audiobook narration has garnered ten AudioFile Earphones Awards. He now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in film and television in addition to narrating.